Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 1 August [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
1 August [1944]
Place: France
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001604-2
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

adventure. Perhaps I told you of the hazards in London. No doubt your papers now explain. I was relieved to leave it after ten days. I am convinced I am supersensitive to some things because it interested me to find that while I had no fear anywhere in London; only a sense of being highly keyed to ever present danger; for no reason at all I was conscious of a peril every time I went up to my "studio" to pick something up or pack something away. It was very strong. Now it is clear, for a week later a bomb hit the spot, and I fear I have lost most everything.
The trip over was accomplished after a puzzling trip all over England to sign this and that and see this one and that one. I was to be a passenger on a fleet of trucks but at dispersal it was found that the unit were officerless so I had to take the responsibility of convoying them from there to here with another fleet added on route. There is more to being a war artist than just painting.
The crossing was on a lovely 'rare' day of sunshine. The channel was as smooth as a lake. Also rare. That evening on board the transport carrier I had whimsical thoughts